While building this brother-sister business, the Davis' have a lot they have enjoyed about being part of Downtown Bend. "I love building a team and culture, and meeting so many people from all walks of life and dressing them for their everyday or their adventures," Davis said. "Finding something that makes them feel confident and beautiful, and providing a space to feel inspired to do so is what we aim to do!"
945 NW Wall Street, Suite 100
945 NW Wall Street
Since opening their shop in 2015, Bonta and the Labhart's have taken the Gelato world in Central Oregon by storm. They are ranked number one place to eat in Bend on Google, TripAdvisor, and Yelp. Jeff believes a lot of this high praise comes from their customers who love them and they love back.
"We have also worked hard by creating an amazing product nad making our own downtown Bonta Scoop Shop more of an experience than just your average ice cream shop," Labhart said. "We also love to hear the crazy stories from our customers like people asking for Bonta Gelato literally while giving birth, how it brightened their day after a surgery, or even a family from Boise who named their child Bonta after us!"
Bonta Natural Artisan Gelato
920 NW Bond Street, Suite 108
"Jeremy and I always wanted to own a business together, but weren't sure what we wanted to do! We were on vacation, Jeremy walked out and said, 'Want to bake bread with me?' and here we are," Kristi Testerman said.
Baking was something Kristi grew up with. "My mom used to bake all the time for other people," she said. "Baking is such a labor of love." It has become such a family ordeal that their kids have joined in on the fun. "My son loves slicing bread and my daughter has helped raise money for the Humane Society with our dog treats," Testerman said.
The team at Great Harvest Bread Company is a close-knit family away from home. "We've been through so much together," Testerman added. "I hope they stay around for a long time." With a supportive family at home and at work, Kristi said it makes her life fun.
Great Harvest Bread Company
835 NW Bond Street, Suite 1
Here's a list of businesses' owned by the Mikesell Family:
RSM Investments Inc.
920 NW Bond Street
Earlier this year, the store has grown. Wren & Wild expanded their location to offer a larger space for their employees and customers to find what products work best for them through hair classes and make-up tutorials. "We get such a kick out of helping our clients find the perfect skincare routine and makeup," Butera said. "It feels so good when we know we have made someone feel good about their complexion and have started a long-term relationship with us."
Wren and Wild
112 NW Minnesota Avenue